From the time I was young it was well established that canning peaches came with setting aside enough fruit to make Mom’s Peach Delight. This was always the dessert of fresh peach season, and if we were lucky it’d grace the table more than once. I also remember taking it to a number of parties and get togethers where it was always met with rave reviews.
What exactly is Peach Delight, you ask? It’s a layered dessert consisting of a graham cracker crust, a layer of sugary fresh peaches, and a cream layer made from combining whipping cream and melted marshmallows. Yes, it’s just as good as that sounds, and when you add Ultra Gel in each of the layers it makes it even better as the starch helps to hold the moisture so you don’t get a case of soggy crust or the whipped layer falling apart. Trust me…you’ve got to try this.
Peach Delight with Ultra Gel
4 cups sliced fresh peaches, sprinkled with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs – short bread crumbs work too, chocolate not so much
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream whipped with 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon Ultra Gel and 1 teaspoon vanilla
32 large marshmallows
Sprinkle peaches with sugar/Ultra Gel mixture and let stand for 15 minutes. Combine cracker crumbs, sugar, Ultra Gel, stir in melted butter. Press all but 1/2 cup of crumb mixture on the bottom of a 9 inch square pan. Drain peaches, reserving 1/2 cup of the syrup. Combine reserved syrup and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave a minute at a time until a smooth mixture is achieved. Let cool. Fold whipped cream into marshmallow mixture. Layer peaches onto crust. Spoon marshmallow mixture over peaches and sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Chill 30-90 minutes before serving.
*If you like nuts, you can sprinkle the peach layer with chopped walnuts or pecans before applying the marshmallow layer.